By Rick Urban
I have said this many times over the years, and I am still just as enthusiastic to say it today, I am a native of Eureka! There are several things that make me extra proud to be a native. Right up at the top of that list is that we are well known for our commercial fishing fleet and another is that Eureka is a Coast Guard City and they are always right here with us. There are very few Coast Guard cities in our country, 12 to 13 I believe.Today is a day in Eureka that I will always remember, as I had the privilege of praying over the fishing fleet in what is called “The Blessing of the Fleet” which takes place annually. It was an extra special honor and privilege today as I was able to do that using the Coast Guard radio in the Coast Guard Cutter “Barracuda” overlooking the bay.One of the several things that I prayed for was the safety and the prosperity of the fisherman and their families and our Coast Guard too, who, just like the fisherman, are many times during the year, working in harms way. It is not about a prayer just for today though, it is ongoing that prayer is needed for the two groups and their families. Now that, I can commit to. Wont you join me?
Rick Urban has been on staff at Faith Center since 2008 and is currently the Care Ministries Director. Rick and his wife Carol have been married for 34 years and have 2 children and 7 grandchildren. In his spare time Rick enjoys photography, fishing and hunting. He is a native of Eureka.
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Merry Christmas! Children capture the wonder of Christmas. I remember the joy of anticipation that kept me awake on Christmas Eve. I remember the sheer fun of the celebrations. I loved the possibility of snow (even when just few slushy flakes fell). The music, the lights, the goodies, the movies and Christmas vacation (no school!) all made it a delightful season. Add to it the true meaning of Christmas: The mystery of the manger and the coming of the Savior. I remember being so excited on Christmas Eve that I could barely fall asleep.
As adults, we can easily lose the wonder of Christmas in the midst of the bustle. Heidi and I hope and pray that this Christmas will be special for you – not because of what you get, or do, but because of who He is. Our theme for this year’s Advent is “Wonder Awakened”. We believe it is in the heart of God and within the ability of the Holy Spirit to create a rich and powerful season of spiritual growth for you. Every weekend of Advent is being prayerfully planned with that belief in mind. It will all culminate on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning where will worship the one whose coming is celebrate.
We hope you will be “home for Christmas” here at Faith Center and let Jesus awaken the wonder in you.
Pastors Matt & Heidi Messner
“Summit by sunset” – this was the goal of my extreme hiking club that met at a different North Cascade trail head at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday after work during the summer months. It was a group of serious climbers, search and rescue volunteers, and ultra-marathon runners. With headlamps, hydration packs and a generous supply of snacks to share at the summit, we wasted no time ascending the 4000 or so feet to the top. There we would typically witness a breathtaking sunset while sharing a meal together. After snapping a group photo, we quickly descended in the dark and drove home late. Often while standing on a summit, listening to the quiet at the sky, I would hear the still, small, powerful voice of the Lord. Fridays were groggy but filled with a surreal memory from the night before.
Jesus chose a hillside to deliver his most famous sermon – The Sermon on the Mount. In this “Summit Talk” He completely re-shaped our concepts of happiness, ethics, prayer, wealth, forgiveness, righteousness and spirituality. He referenced the scenery surrounding Him as He taught with great authority.
As we come out of the “election season”, Heidi and I invite you to join us in establishing our focus on the words of our ultimate leader – Jesus Christ. Allow Him to have a summit talk with you as you pause today, listen, and apply.
We love Faith Center because the church is people and we love you.
Let’s keep climbing and listening together,
Pastors Matt & Heidi Messner
Watching an old tube television compared to a new one in High Definition is enough to make a person think they are going blind. Everyone longs for visual clarity when it comes to what we see. One of the great challenges of the Christian life is to present a clear view of Jesus to our world – including our friends, family and co-workers. Our lives are on display like the television section at Costco. If we present Jesus clearly, some people will respond by thinking, “I want/need that”. In our new series (“Clarity”) we are studying key qualities that will help us present Jesus in “high definition” while living in a world of blurred lives and confusing ideas. The ministries and the messages are designed to help you achieve this, with God’s help.
Your presence is important and an answer to our prayers! Together we endeavor to make disciples, spread the Good News, and to be the presence of Jesus in our world. If you desire to get more deeply connected here at Faith Center we encourage you to join a small group, sign up for a class, or volunteer.
We hope you leave here today encouraged and we are grateful to have the opportunity to serve you,
Pastors Matt & Heidi Messner
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